Everything you need to know

From 1 July 2020, eligible programmes under the new Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund will be available for study for no tuition fees! We’re excited about the opportunities this presents for our students and the part we can play in getting New Zealand’s economy back on its feet with more skilled and qualified workers.  

TTAF will include a range of training and apprenticeship programmes at certificate and diploma level. See below list for the confirmed eligible programmes.

Please note: If you have received an invoice or already paid fees for TTAF programme, please read the below FAQ for more information.

Programmes eligible for Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund*

We have a wide range of programmes that are eligible under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund and below is the list of programmes that are included. If the programme that you’re interested in studying isn’t eligible for Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund, we have a range of other funding options available.

Trades and Services

- New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4)
- New Zealand Certificate in Drainlaying (Level 4)
- New Zealand Certificate in Gasfitting (Level 4)
- New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing (Level 4)
- New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Level 3)
- New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3)
- New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3)
- New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Supervisor)
- New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3)

Engineering

- New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Level 3)
- New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical)(Level 6)
- New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electronic) (Level 6)
- New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (Level 6)

Building and Construction

- New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology
- New Zealand Diploma in Construction
- New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil)
- New Zealand Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision) (Level 5)
- New Zealand Diploma in Surveying

Health and Wellbeing

- New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Mental Health and Addiction Support)
- New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social Services)
- New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Community Facilitation)

Landscape Design

- New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Landscape Design)
- New Zealand Diploma in Landscape (Design)

Liaison Interpreting

- Certificate in Liaison Interpreting

If the programme you’re interested in studying isn’t eligible for Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund, there are a range of other funding options available.

*You may be able to study these qualifications for free under the NZ government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Click here for more information and eligibility criteria. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student and meet the entry criteria for the relevant programme. Some additional costs may apply. Free study is subject to funding confirmation from TEC and so any offer of study by Unitec is conditional until TEC confirmation is received.

FAQs: Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

What is the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund?

On Thursday 14 May 2020, the Minister of Finance, Hon Grant Robertson, delivered Budget 2020 – including the announcement of the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund. It means that between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2022, the cost of vocational education and training will be covered by Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund, in order to support New Zealanders to study and train in industries where demand is expected to grow as the country recovers from the impact of COVID-19.

Should I pay my current invoice?

If you are enrolled in one of the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Funded (TTAF) programmes and you are a New Zealand citizen or residence visa holder studying in New Zealand, please disregard any invoice you may have received from us in relation to your programme. Our systems are being updated to record who is eligible for this funding and who is not so please bear with us!. As stated on the TTAF website, “The TTAF will cover fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022 and will be paid directly to tertiary education organisations (TEOs) by us. This will enable TEOs to provide education and training without fees to learners.”.If you have already paid fees for these courses in advance of the TTAF fees-free element being introduced, you will be eligible for a refund. We are currently working with the TEC on the refund procedure and will be in contact with you once we are ready to process your refund. If you have outstanding fees relating to other courses, these will still need to be paid as per our Admission, Enrolment & Fees Policy. If you have any further questions, please contact 0800 109 510 or email us at study@unitec.ac.nz.

Who is eligible?

All domestic students enrolled in a Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funded programme as of 1 July 2020 and meet the entry criteria for the relevant programme.

Those with previous qualifications, including higher qualifications, will be eligible to receive funding.

When will funding start?

We will begin paying your fees from 1 July 2020 and this will continue up to 31 December 2022, unless you finish your apprenticeship earlier.

How do I apply for this fund?

There is nothing you need to do. If you are enrolled in an eligible programme, then the Fund will automatically cover your fee costs from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022.

What fees will be covered?

For those studying at providers the fees from course fees, compulsory course costs, and compulsory student services fees from eligible programmes will be covered. This does not include fees relating to:

- Any non-attendance at off-job courses
- Or other unplanned administrative costs

I have already paid my fees for the year. Will I get a refund?

- If you have paid your programme fees for study commencing after 1st July 2020 you will be entitled to a refund if there is no existing debt on your account. Please bear with us while we confirm the process to enable us to initiate refunds. We will refund back to the source of payment.

- To ensure we have your correct contact details, please visit your student portal and update your contact details under Useful Links or you can call on 0800 109 510 or email us at study@unitec.ac.nz.

I already have Fees-Free, so how will this impact me?

- This new Government fund will be used in place of your Fees Free entitlement from 1 July 2020. If you or your apprentice are still in training at the end of 2022, you will then move back onto the Fees Free programme. So, in simple terms, if you are not paying fees now then that will just continue.

- To discuss how you could use the balance of your Fees Free entitlement on other courses, please contact us on 0800 109 510.

Have another question or want to know more? Check out the FAQs from the Tertiary Education Commission.